Elliswick LTC Newsletter – March 2019

Dear Members,

Welcome to our March Newsletter. This month, following the clock change, the midweek evening sessions are commencing. Tuesday is Men’s Night, Wednesday is Ladies Night, and Thursday is Club Night (mixed doubles tennis). All start at 6pm. All members, regardless of playing standard, are very welcome to come along and enjoy these sessions. So don’t be shy! Please do note, however, that the bar will not be open the first week of April due to the ongoing clubhouse extension work. So players looking for refreshments after the evening sessions will need to BYOB. We hope to have the bar functioning for the second week in April.

Club Tournament

The sign-up period has now closed. The draw will be posted within a week and the tournament commences on 6th April. Please schedule your matches well in advance of the deadlines in case they get postponed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Best of luck to all the entrants!

Clubhouse and Grounds

The faulty floodlight mast should be repaired on April 1st by Abacus. The extension is going well, we will have most of the work done by April 8th, we will then try and keep things quiet during the Easter holidays, and the end of which we are scheduled to do the flooring and have the internal acoustic partition installed.  There is an opening ceremony set for May 11th.

Team Tennis

Ladies tennis

Ladies nights will begin in April with the first one being Wednesday 3rd April starting at 6pm.  Victoria will be starting the email round robin to gather numbers so attendees will know how many 4’s we can get together.  Open to all ladies, all playing abilities.  If you are a new member and would like to be included in the email, please contact Victoria at [email protected]

All winter matches have been played.  Particular congratulations to the 60A and B teams for winning their divisions.

Summer matches will begin shortly.  We have 2 Herts League teams one of which is a new team and 4 Hot Rackets teams.  If there are any new members who would like to be considered for the teams please email Victoria.

Friendly weekday matches have begun.  Many thanks to Lynn for organising these again this Summer.  Lynn can be contacted on [email protected] if you would like to be considered.  There are a couple of dates Lynn is looking for a player.

Mixed Team Tennis

The East Herts Winter Mixed League is reaching the end of the season, with just a few matches left to play. Most of the teams have had good results, holding their own in their respective divisions.

The Datchworth Summer League commences on Monday 22nd April and runs for 14 consecutive Monday evenings.

The Mid Herts Mixed League (historically called the mixed friendlies) starts up in late April or early May. Historically we have used a mix of senior and improving players in this league. For many it is an introduction to competitive tennis. If you are interested in playing in these friendly matches, please do not hesitate to contact Andree Haxton at [email protected].


Thank you to all those who are now wearing the new shoe tags. If you haven’t collected yours yet, please get them from the clubhouse the next time you play.

The membership renewal period is now over, and places have been offered to people from the waiting list. 44 new members have signed up and paid already, and the remaining places will be filled in the next few weeks. A big welcome to all our new members!


Cake Sale

The cake sale on Saturday the 23rd March raised another £60 towards the St George’s school repairs.  Thank you to everyone for their support.

Grand Opening 

The preparations of our Grand Opening on Saturday 11th May are in hand.  An invitation to all members is attached.  If you are planning to attend please can you either email Jeanette at [email protected] or put your name down on the list which will be posted on the notice board on Friday, as soon as possible so we have an idea of numbers to cater for.

Order of events:

Members to arrive, where possible on foot or cycle, about 11.30

The car park will be closed for our dignitaries who will be arriving about 11.40

Harpenden Mayor, David Heritage, will arrive about 11.45.

At 12 noon Welcome Speech from our president Jim McGown outlining the event and a few words about the club. The President will then invite our Chairman Eric Rodrick to outline the project including specification, benefits etc and to thank all concerned. The President will invite the Mayor to unveil our plaque.

Finger buffet and Prosecco or fruit juice will be served to all members and our guests. The bar will be open if you wish to purchase drinks.

Supper Night

Due to our building works our first supper night on Thursday April 25th will be fish and chips from Godfreys.  The cost is £7.90 for Regular cod and chips or £6 for Halloumi and chips.  If you would like to order supper please put your name down on the list posted on the notice board by Thursday 18th April.

Bank Holiday Tournament 

If you would like to take part in the American Tournament please put your name down on the list which will be posted on the notice board at the beginning of next week .

Dinner Dance 

Don’t forget to save the date, Saturday 20th July.  Venue:  Harpenden Common Golf Club . Further details and a request for a deposit will be in next months newsletter


Junior Nights

Junior Nights will recommence Friday 26th April after the Easter break. Times are 4:30-6pm for young juniors, who must be supervised by a parent or adult. 6-8pm is for older secondary age juniors.  Whilst they do not need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, we do need to ensure we have adult supervision.  Unfortunately to date we have not received any volunteers.  This session will only go ahead if we have adequate volunteers.  If you can kindly offer some help.  A signup sheet is on the bulletin board or please email Deborah [email protected].

Team Tennis Tournament

The Team Tennis championships start with our first matches on 6th April.  Thank you to the Junior Captains Richard Isted (U8 Mixed), Lucy Bachmann (U9 Mixed), Emma Boon (U10 Mixed), Louise Behan (U12 Boys), Rob Gardiner (U12 Girls) for liaising with the clubs and players.

Box League

As part of the initiative to encourage team play we are looking to hold a Box League.  A signup sheet is on the Junior Board.  All players are welcome to join the box league.  Players will be put into small groups within their age category and with players of similar skill level.  The games take place in your own time within the set period of the league term.

Kind Regards

Elliswick LTC Committee

PS, Don’t forget to keep up to date with events at our website http://www.elliswickltc.co.uk